National Board of Review Awards 2006

Letters From Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood’s companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers, received top honors from the National Board of Review.

Letter From Iwo Jima is a Japanese-language film. Originally slated for a spring 2007 release, the film’s new release date is December 20.
The National Board of Review usually awards movies that you wouldn’t expect. In this case, The Devil Wears Prada over Dreamgirls. Or maybe that means that the hype surrounding Dreamgirls is a bit over the top.
So really, who knows what all this says about the AcademyAwards and upcoming Golden Globe nominations (December 14).
Best Film
Letters From Iwo Jima
Top Ten Films
Babel
Blood Diamond
The Departed,
The Devil Wears Prada
Flags Of Our Fathers
The History Boys
Letters From Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
Notes On A Scandal
The Painted Veil

Best Foreign Film
Volver
Top Five Foreign Films
Curse Of The Golden Flower
Days Of Glory
Pan’s Labyrinth
Volver
Water
Best Documentary
An Inconvenient Truth
Top Five Documentaries
51 Birch Street
An Inconvenient Truth
Iraq In Fragments
Shut Up & Sing
Wordplay

Top Independent Films

(in alphabetical order)
Akeelah And The Bee
Bobby
Catch A Fire
Copying Beethoven
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
Half Nelson
The Illusionist
Lonesome Jim
Sherrybaby
10 Items Or Less
Thank You For Smoking

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker The Last King Of Scotland
Best Actress
Helen Mirren The Queen
Best Supporting Actor
Djimon Hounsou Blood Diamond
Best Supporting Actress
Catherine O’Hara For Your Consideration

Best Acting By An Ensemble
The Departed
Breakthrough Performance – Male
Ryan Gosling Half Nelson
Breakthrough Performance – Female
Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi Babel
Best Director
Martin Scorsese The Departed
Best Directorial Debut
Jason Reitman Thank You For Smoking
Best Adapted Screenplay
Ron Nyswaner The Painted Veil
Best Original Screenplay
Zach Helm Stranger Than Fiction
Best Animated Feature
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